10 Best Trekking Trails Around the World

Trekking is the best way to explore a destination and truly relish its natural allurements, architectural marvels, rich history, and immersive culture and traditions. If you already are a trekking enthusiast then you understand how refreshing and close to nature these adventures feel. However, distinguishing which of these adventures are the best and which you should explore at least once in your lifetime can be a tough nut to crack.

So, in order to help you out with this exhilarating outdoor adventure, we have prepared a list of the 10 best trekking trail around the world that you definitely should include in your bucket list.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek- Nepal

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Best Trek For: Mountaineering enthusiasts and nature lovers

Total Distance: 130 km (80 miles)

Trek Duration: 12- 14 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: Spring and autumn

If you are an avid Himalayan adventure lover, then you are certainly familiar with the world’s highest base camp adventure, the Everest Base Camp trek at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). Just 3,485 meters short of the tallest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (8,849 meters), this is an exhilarating experience of the Himalayas that takes you on an exploration journey to the heart of the Khumbu region. Starting your adventure after a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you move along the scenic natural trails in the Khumbu region passing several highlights of the region like Namche Bazaar (the Sherpa Capital), Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Goraksehp, and finally at the Everest Base Camp. However, Everest Base Camp isn’t the highest elevation point of this expedition, Kalapathhar, which is at an altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet) is the highest elevation point of the entire adventure which offers spectacular views of the Khumbu Valley, and the Himalayan massifs.

As this is the highest base camp adventure in the entire world, the altitude gain can be a significant difficulty factor. Also trekking for long hours on remote and rugged trails with gradually rising altitudes can be quite challenging, especially for the unprepared trekkers. The best season to do this trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is stable accompanied by clear and warm days.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Exploration of the foothills of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest
  • Breathtaking views of the Himalayan massifs including the 8,000-meter class mountains like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu
  • Highest glacier in the world, Khumbu Glacier, and the longest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier– 36 km (22 miles)
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Tengboche Monastery (3,867 meters), ancient Buddhist monastery
  • Highest Himalayan passes; Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass
  • Vantage point of the Khumbu region, Kalapatthar (5,545 meters)

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek- Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Best Trek For: Mountaineering enthusiasts and nature lovers

Total Distance: 160- 230 km (100- 145 miles)

Trek Duration: 16- 20 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: Spring and autumn

Similar to the Everest Base Camp trek, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking adventure is another Himalayan expedition in the country that circumambulates the foothills of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 meters). Dubbed the ‘trekking paradise’ this mainstream trekking route in Nepal is famous for the Amazing Diversity of Himalayan flora and fauna in the Annapurna Conservation Area. Similarly its natural trails, stunning mountain views, beautiful vibrant settlements, across the trail, and easily accessible features close to the tourist hub in the country ‘Pokhara’, has made it one of the most beloved trekking package in Nepal. This Himalayan expedition kickstarts after Kathmandu to Bhilbhule drive and then switches to the trekking route following the major highlights of the region like Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Khark, Thorong Phedi, and the highest elevation point of the trek Thorong La High Pass (5,416 meters).

From there the trail descends down one of the most significant Hindu temples, Muktinath Temple, and heads toward the natural hot spring at Tatopani. Although the Thorong La High Pass, one of the highest Himalayan passes in the region can be a bit challenging, the difficulty level of this adventure is still moderate. With the right amount of training and determination, anyone can easily complete this immersive Himalayan experience.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Religious and spiritual trail
  • Exploration of the region below the holy mountain Mt. Annapurna (8,091 meters) ‘Goddesss of Harvest’
  • Natue’s hot spring with healing properties, Tatopani
  • Muktinath Temple, the scared religious landmark for both Hindu and Buddhist culture
  • Largest monastery in Manang, Barge Monastery
  • Stunning views of the mountain ranges in the Himalayas, glaciers, deep gorges, and lakes
  • Vantage point for the magnificent views of the surrounding, Poon Hill Viewpoint (3,210 meters)

3. GR20 Trek- France

GR20 Trek- France

Best Trek For: Trekkers looking for a challenge

Total Distance: 168 km (104 miles)

Trek Duration: 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Considered one of the toughest trekking trails in Europe, the GR20 trekking route located in France is also one of the most scenic expeditions on the continent. Connecting Calenzana and Calvi villages this scenic trekking route stretches from the southeastern and the northwestern part of Corsica Island. Even though trekking on this remote rugged trail can be challenging the vibrant landscape through the iconic pines forest, jagged mountains, glacial lakes, and the spectacular views of the mountain and cliffs make this adventure totally worth it. Starting your adventure from the town of Calenzana, the official start point of north to south trek, you move across the major highlight points of the region like Corsican, Haut Asco, Vallone, Castel di Vergion, Lake Nino, Vizzavona, Col De Verde, and Bavella, the final stop point in this iconic trekking expedition.

Although the GR20 trekking route isn’t dangerous, you are recommended to hire a local guide for a more informative and enjoyable experience. You also need to do an adequate amount of training preparation to overcome the challenges provided by this toughest trekking route in Europe.

Highlights of GR20 Trek

  • Glacial lake in between Refuge de Manganu and Refuge de Ciottulu di i Mori, Lac de Nino
  • Incredible views of the 12th highest summit of Corsica, Monte d’Oro and Monte Incudine (2,134 meters), the highest mountain of the Southern Corsica
  • Spectacular peak cliff of Aigulles de Bavella situated between Refuge de Paliri and Refuge d’Asinao
  • Thrilling technical climb at Cirque de la Solitude, where trekkers climb using the chains bolted on the rock
  • Incredible views of the rock stretched out to the Mediterranean from the top of Lac de la Muvrella
  • Vantage point Monte Cinto, the highest elevation point in the island

4. Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek- Tanzania

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek- Tanzania

Best Trek For: Aspiring mountaineers

Total Distance: 37 km (23 miles)

Trek Duration: 5- 9 days

Difficulty Level: Difficult to challenging

Best Season: Dry months (December- mid-March) (Mid-June- October)

One of the most popular trekking peaks in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro at an altitude of 5,895 meters (19,341 meters) is also part of the ‘Seven Summit Challenge’. This spectacular peak isn’t part of any mountain range and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world as well as the tallest mountain in the entire African continent. Considered the easiest of the ‘Seven Summits’ this African mountain is quite popular among both experienced mountaineers as well as budding mountaineering enthusiasts. Away from the complete alpine surrounding, the Mt. Kilimanjaro trek is famous for its diverse ecological system from farmland rainforest, moorland, and rainforest to alpine desert and the arctic summit. There are several climbing routes that lead you to the summit of this highest freestanding peak in the world, the most popular routes for the Mt. Kilimanjaro trek are Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, Umbwe, Shira, and the Northern Circuit.

In the classical Lemosho route, you will start your adventure after a drive to Moshi from where you will push for the Shira Camp II. Proceeding forward, you will move along the route toward the Lava Tower, Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp, and finally reach Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on the mountain. Although the Mt. Kilimanjaro trek is labeled as the ‘trekking peak’, it is one of the hardest trekking expeditions in the world with a success rate of just 65%. The quick-paced adventure and high altitude are the reasons that make this trek really challenging, if you want to increase your success rate in this expedition, you are recommended to select the trekking packages longer itinerary days, and enough acclimatization days.

Highlights of Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek:

  • Summit of the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters)
  • Exploration of the Kilimanjaro National Park (652 sq. km)
  • Sparkling Kinukamori and Kilasia waterfalls
  • Dormant volcano to the west of the Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru (4,566 meters)
  • Sparkling lake on the eastern foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lake Chala
  • Furtwangler Glacier, Credne Glacier and the massive Souther and Norther Icefield

5. Mont Blanc Trek- France

Mont Blanc Trek- France

Best Trek For: Adventurist and mountaineering enthusiasts

Total Distance: 180 km (112 miles)

Trek Duration: 7- 11 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: Between mid-June and early October

If you are looking to extend your alpine adventure in France, this journey on the most impressive and charming trekking trail below Mt. Mont Blanc (4,807 meters), is something that you will always treasure. As one of the most popular trekking routes in Europe, this iconic trekking route takes you through the diverse landscapes, settlements, and hamlets across three countries; France, Switzerland, and Italy. This trekking route is a paradise for nature lovers and culture & tradition enthusiasts alike. Starting your adventure from France, you will trek across Les Houches, Bionnassay Valley, Les Contamines, and finally Chaieux Valley. Then the second part of the trek will follow the scenic route across Val Ferret, Courmayeur, and Punta Helbronner as you push for the final trekking destination in Switzerland; Champex.

Unlike other high-altitude adventures, the maximum elevation point of the Tour de Mont Blanc is approximately 2,584 meters (8,478 feet). So, even though it may seem relatively easier compared to other strenuous remote trekking routes, the long hours of walking on the steep sections are quite a bit of a challenge in this adventure. However, with adequate training and determination even a beginner can easily complete this trek.

Highlights of Tour du Mont Blanc

  • An iconic expedition that takes you across three nations; France, Switzerland, and Italy
  • Sparkling alpine lake, Lac Blanc, which offers spectacular views of the Mont Blanc and Aiguilles Rogues
  • The high mountain pass, Col de la Seigne, a border crossing point between France and Italy
  • Col Du Bonhomme, the best viewpoint of the entire expedition from where you can enjoy the stunning views of the saddle between Vallon de la Gittza and Val Montjoie
  • Vantage point of the trek, Aiguillette des Posettes with panoramic views of Switzerland and the French horizon

6. Snowman Trek- Bhutan

Snowman Trek- Bhutan

Best Trek For: Alpine adventurists, and trekkers looking for a challenge

Total Distance: 347 km (216 miles)

Trek Duration: 24 days

Difficulty Level: Difficult to challenging

Best Season: Mid-June to mid-October

If you are looking for an extensive and more challenging trekking route, Snowman Trek in Bhutan explores the most remote and rugged part of the country that crosses several high passes along the trail. Meant for only the daring trekking enthusiast, this longest trekking route in Bhutan starts from Thimphu and takes you across the scenic trekking trails across the remote alpine environment. Moving along the trail you trek to the major highlights of the region like Punakha, Gasa, Chsma, Rhodophu, Thanza, Gangkar Puensum Base Camp, Warathang, Tschochemchem, Bhumthan and finally pulling the curtain to the adventure at Paro.

Considered the most challenging trekking route in Bhutan, this beautiful trekking adventure is referred to as the Everest of the trekking world. With the success rate at just 50%, the exaggeration might not be that far off the mark, only hardcore trekkers looking for thrills in the mountain region can complete this trek. Of course, a great deal of preparation and training is necessary to partaker in this epic once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Highlights of Snowman Trek

  • One of the longest and most challenging Himalayan expedition
  • Challenging rugged trails that rake you across 11 high passes
  • Exploration of architectural marvels, beautiful cultural traditions, and significant religious landmarks
  • Simply magnificent views of the Himalayas, high-altitude lakes, and the exploration of the hidden valleys in the region
  • Opportunity to witness the rare Himalayan wildlife like Himalayan black bear, marmot, Himalayan musk deer, snow leopard, antelope, blue sheep, etc.

7. Cordillera Huarhuash Trek- Peru

Cordillera Huarhuash Trek- Peru

Best Trek For: Trekkers looking for a challenge and aspiring mountaineers

Total Distance: 130 km (81 miles)

Trek Duration: 8- 14 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Considered one of the ‘10 Best Trekking Circuit in the World’, this magnificent trek that explores the second highest peak in Peru at an elevation of 6,617 meters (21,709 feet) is something of an exhilarating adventurous exploration for the trekkers seeking thrills. Stretching over the scenic natural trails of the region with amazing landscapes, pristine glacial lakes, and wide mountain vistas, this classical adventure also takes you across the high mountain passes at an altitude between 4,600 to 5,000 meters. Starting your adventure at Huarza, you will move alongside the Curtelwain route that leads to Qaqanan Pass, proceeding forward you also pass through other popular destinations like Carhuac Pass, Siula Pass, Huayhuash, Guanacpatay, Huayllapa, Qashpapampa and finally concluding your adventure at Jahuacocha.

Considered one of the highly challenging trekking routes, you will cover an approximate walking distance of 45 hours and 28 minutes on average in this trek. Not to mention, the high elevation points that range from 3,300- 5,000 meters, thus, this challenging trekking route is only recommended for experienced adventurers.

Highlights of Cordillera Huarhuash Trek

  • Iconic trekking route that is considered to be in the ‘Top 10 Circuit Trekking in the World’
  • Amazing camping site at Laguna Mitucocha
  • Spectacular views of Yerupajáer and Siula Grande from Laguna Carchuacocha
  • Exploration of the whole mountain range of the region
  • San Antonio vantage point that offers stunning views of Carnicero, Siula Grande, Jurao, and Yerupajáer
  • Immersive Adean culture, traditions and their warm hospitality

8. Kanchenjunga Trek- Nepal

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Best Trek For: Mountaineering enthusiasts and nature lovers

Total Distance: 220 km (136 miles)

Trek Duration: 21- 26 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: Spring and autumn

Exploring the foothills of Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, which was presumed to be the tallest snow-clad peak in the world from 1838 to 1852 is certainly a remarkable journey. Towering at an altitude of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet), this trekking adventure to the base of this gigantic peak is famous for its remote and unspoiled terrains, simply majestic views of the Himalayan massifs and the diverse wildlife of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

Starting your adventure after the Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight, in this scenic remote route you will pass several highlight points across the trail like Phidim, Amjilosa, Fale, Gunsa, Khambache, Lhonak, Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,140 meters), and Sele La Kharka. Kanchenjunga Base Camp is the highest elevation point of this Himalayan expedition and the only 5,000-meter class point.

Although the elevation points in this Himalayan exploration are not high and you will get enough time to acclimatize to the rising environment, the longer period of the trek which can last upto 26 days or more can take a toll on the unprepared trekkers. However, it is an overall once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore the Himalayan prospects away from the crowd of the mainstream trekking routes on serene unchartered territories.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trek

  • Expedition to the base of the second-highest mountain in the country, Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters)
  • Peaceful and serene trail away from the mainstream trekking route
  • Diverse protected flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • High Himalayan passes and glaciers like Sele La Pass, Yalung Glacier, and Kanchenjunga Glacier
  • Beautiful vibrant settlement influenced by Tibetan and Buddhist culture
  • Charming rivers stream like Tamor, Simbuwa, and Ghunsa sparkling with life flowing from the glacial torrent of the region

9. Langtang Trek- Nepal

Langtang Trek

Best Trek For: Nature lovers and spontaneous trekkers

Total Distance: 77 km (48 miles)

Trek Duration: 7- 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: Spring and autumn

Known as the third most popular trekking destination in Nepal after Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek, this remote Himalayan exploration is famous for its stunning mountain views and simply untampered natural allurements. Home to the first-ever Himalayan national park in Nepal, Langtang National Park (est 1976), Langtang Valley Treks are especially famous for exceptional Himalayan vistas, immersive culture and traditions of the Tibetan-influenced settlements, high Himalayan lakes, and the diverse fauna-flora of the national park. Slightly shorter from the other mainstream trekking routes, you can also add-ons to this Himalayan expedition most generally for the Gosaikunda Trek, Ruby Valley, Ganesh Himal, and Tamang Heritage Trek.

Syabrubesi (1,503 meters) is the iconic starting point of this adventure, following the classical route you will move along the Lama Hotel including other highlights of the region like Langtang Village and Kyanjing Gompa. Tserko Ri at an altitude of 5,450 meters (17,880 feet) from sea level is the highest elevation point of this entire trek. Although is a remote Himalayan exploration, the altitude gain isn’t as significant as other high-altitude trekking adventures in the country. If you do an adequate amount of preparation, this iconic scenic expedition becomes more enjoyable and comfortable.

Highlights of Langtang Trek

  • Third-most popular and scenic trekking route in the country
  • Exploring the first Himalayan National Park in the country, Langtang National Park
  • Amazing views of the Himalayan gems in the region including Langtang Lirung (7,246 meters)
  • Alpine freshwater lakes with religious significance in both Hindu and Buddhist religions, Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 meters)
  • Tserko Ri (5,450 meters), the vantage point of the Langtang Valley Trek
  • Rich cultural trails of the Tamang inhabitants, their unique culture, traditions, and warm hospitality

10. Machu Picchu Trek – Peru

Machu Picchu Trek

Best Trek For: Nature lovers

Total Distance: 43 km (26 miles)

Trek Duration: 4 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best season: April- October

Peru, which is among the best tourist attractions in the world, offers this unique once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Engraved in the artistic, architectural, and phenomenal history of the Inca civilization, this might probably be the most scenic route that tells the story of the Inca Empire at its height. This popular trekking destination which is paradise for nature lovers and historians receives about 1.2 million trekkers every year. You can also choose several trekking trails that explore the different prospects of the region like the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares, Ancascocha, Huchuy Qosqo, and Choquequirao Trail.

In the classical, 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will start your adventure from Cusco trekking across Ollantaytambo, KM82, Wayllabamba, Lluluchapampa, Pcamayu, Sayamarca, Winay Wayna, Machi Picchu and Aguas Calientes, you will retrace your steps back to Cusco. Although this trek has been labeled a ‘moderately difficult’ level, the highest elevation point of this trek crosses the 4,000-meter margin, thus a good amount of preparation is recommended for an enjoyable experience.

Highlights of Machu Picchu Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre- Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Classical and scenic trekking trails that explore the architectural and cultural marvel of the Inca Empire at its peak
  • Breathtaking mountain and natural landscape views
  • The famous high pass of the Inca trekking trail, Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 meters)
  • Grand archeological sites of the region like Runkurakay, Phuyupatamarca, Winay Wayna, Inti Pata, and Patallacta
  • Exploration of the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), the most significant construction of the Machu Picchu citadel

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